Iberian Eye Candy
Posted on November 26th, 2008 at 1:19 pm by Daniel

Hey everybody, Daniel’s the name, Info Design is my game. I’ve been a lurker here on NII for some time now, and I’m geeked to show you some jaw-droppingly beautiful design work coming from my new heroes in Barcelona and Lisbon. I give you Bestiario.

What I love most about the work they’re doing is that it encourages and facilitates playing with the data, or in some cases, just letting it all wash over you and tickling your eyebones. Enjoy!

Obama Brings Racial Unity to Morning TV
Posted on November 25th, 2008 at 2:07 pm by dr.hoo

Snoop banging out the mizzle potizzle wizzle Martha Stizzle…

Our Read-Only World
Posted on November 21st, 2008 at 5:02 pm by Steve

Steve Lambert at the Anti-Advertising Agency weblog writes:

Our city is read-only. You’re free to read advertising, business signs, and city signs. But dare you write or hang anything of your own; you will be labeled as a criminal – a graffiti vandal. In many cities it’s even illegal to hang a sign for a garage sale on a light pole. If you happen to have a several thousand dollars, you might be able to say what you want – as long as it’s not too political.

But this is public space. You’re free to say whatever you want in public space, but freedom of speech does not extend to the visual environment. The visual environment is pay to play. Public visual space has become commercial space.

The visual environment is read only.

Why is read/write better? Because you can consume, process, and respond. This is how we think critically. This is how we learn. You can talk back. You can express yourself. You don’t just consume expression, you create expression.

Read/write is how democracy works.

TV: The Isolation Machine
Posted on November 21st, 2008 at 11:36 am by Steve

Thursday’s New York Times carries an article on research into how happy people spend their time. The results are not surprising:

Happy people spend a lot of time socializing, going to church and reading newspapers — but they don’t spend a lot of time watching television, a new study finds.

That’s what unhappy people do.

Although people who describe themselves as happy enjoy watching television, it turns out to be the single activity they engage in less often than unhappy people, said John Robinson, a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland and the author of the study, which appeared in the journal Social Indicators Research.

It’s Been at Least a Week…
Posted on November 20th, 2008 at 7:27 pm by Steve

…since I harshed your mellow. Chris Floyd steps up to do the job:

Indeed, the entire arc of America’s bipartisan policies in [Central Asia] over the past 40 years can be seen as the elaborate construction of a gargantuan, self-propelled blowback machine, producing an endless effluent of violence, threat, chaos and crime that is now sluicing through the entire world. But blowback, as we all know, is not a design flaw of imperial policy, at least not for the most part; it is a design feature. No War Machine without perpetual war and rumors of war; no war profits – and no war powers – without the War Machine.

He’s talking about Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown pledging an escalation of their countries’ military commitments to Afghanistan. Executive summary: more death and misery for the people there, more profit and power for a very select group of people here.

Did You Know? 3.0
Posted on November 20th, 2008 at 4:35 pm by dr.hoo

lots of factoids with neat gfx:

Your Financial Future
Posted on November 20th, 2008 at 3:31 pm by dr.hoo

Advice from the wise folks at T.Bear Sachs:

Best NYT Front Page EVER!
Posted on November 13th, 2008 at 1:21 pm by Steve

IRAQ WAR ENDS and other great headlines in today’s (fake) New York Times (courtesy of The Yes Men).

Debunking Dan
Posted on November 12th, 2008 at 3:02 am by josh-wah

Nate Silver over at 538 has a post that argues against the assertion that the “Obama voters” (read non-white) were responsible for prop 8’s passage.

At the end of the day, Prop 8’s passage was more a generational matter than a racial one. If nobody over the age of 65 had voted, Prop 8 would have failed by a point or two … The good news for supporters of marriage equity is that — and there’s no polite way to put this — the older voters aren’t going to be around for all that much longer, and they’ll gradually be cycled out and replaced by younger voters who grew up in a more tolerant era. 

Read it and be reassured.

The Cost of War = $3 Trillion
Posted on November 11th, 2008 at 2:58 pm by dr.hoo

war = money
Good.is has a snappy video breaking down the $3 Trillion cost of war (as documented in Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Bilme’s exhaustively researched book, The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict)

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